Once upon a time there was a game called Iron Seed…
It is a space exploration game with role play and strategy elements, not unlike Star Control 2 and Syd Mead’s Maelstrom.
Nowadays the game is available at http://ironseed.com/forums/index.php for free. It can be played with the DOSBox emulator (which I very much like since I also programmed the similar AcuDOS emulator (which has been discontinued).
As I understand it, the game was programmed in Pascal. I would very much like to port it to C\C++ using modern libraries, so it would run at least on Windows, Linux, MacOS.